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08th Oct 2015

STAT: Savour this victory, because Ireland beating the world champions doesn’t happen often

What a night

Ben Kiely

History tells us we probably won’t experience another win like this for a long time.

Ireland scored one of their most famous results ever by beating World Cup holders Germany 1-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

A magnificent finish from super-sub Shane Long in the second half earned the Boys In Green a memorable win and at the very least a play-off spot for Euro 2016.

Ireland beating the reigning world champions is an extremely rare occurrence. In fact, it has only happened twice before.

Ireland beat West Germany two times when they were reigning world champions.

They first accomplished that feat in 1956 by thrashing West Germany 3-0 in a friendly at Dalymount Park. The Boys In Green last defeated zee German world champions 2-0 in a friendly in Hanover in 1994.

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